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In this edition:
* Guatemala Satellite Operation Planned 24-27 April
* GS3PYE/P Camb-Hams on Islay Island Includes Satellite Operation
* 2017 CSVHFS Conference -- Call for Papers, Presentations & Posters
* Satellite Operation Planned for Armed Forces Day - W2GSB
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ANS-113 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 113.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE April 23, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
Guatemala Satellite Operation Planned 24-27 April
David Maciel, XE3DX, announced that from 24-27 April he will make a trip to
Guatemala which will include grids EK43,EK45, EK54, EK55 and EK56.
David will be using the following calls:
You can also follow David's activity or details in his twitter account @
[ANS thanks David, XE3DX, for the above information]
GS3PYE/P Camb-Hams on Islay Island Includes Satellite Operation
Members of the Camb-Hams will once again be active as GS3PYE/P,
but this time from Islay Island between May 6-12th. The Camb-
Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since
As in the past, ten or more operators will be active on
all bands and many modes from 4m to 80m, 2m & 70cm for Satellites
and 2m & 23cm for EME.
The HF bands will be covered by four simultaneous stations while
the 6m & 4m stations will have a great take-off towards the UK
and Europe. All stations will be able to run at the full UK power
EME operations will use 150W to 55 elements on 23cm and 400W to
17 elements on 2m, primarily on JT65, but also available for CW
skeds - if your station is big enough.
Satellite operations on 2m & 70cm will use X-Quad antennas and a
fully automatic Az/El tracking system. Activity is planned on AO-7
(mode B), FO-29, SO-50, AO-85 & AO-73.
All the up-to-date plans and progress will be on-line at
. Most importantly, this is a group of good
friends doing what they enjoy, so please give them a call and
enjoy the trip with them.
Active on the major social networks before, during and after the
trip, you can check on progress and interact with the operators
via their blog on http://dx.camb-hams.com
or through the Twitter,
Facebook and YouTube links below:
Please check on http://dx.camb-hams.com
for details on how to
arrange skeds on the more challenging bands, modes, VHF and EME.
QSL via OQRS (info on QRZ.com
) or M0VFC direct or via bureau.
[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1312 for the above information]
2017 CSVHFS Conference -- Call for Papers, Presentations & Posters
The Central States VHF Society is soliciting papers, presentations, and
posters/tabletop displays for the 51st annual Central States VHF Society
Conference, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 27–30 July, 2017 at the
Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel. Papers, presentations, and posters
weak-signal VHF and above amateur radio topics are being sought.
TOPIC AREAS SOLICITED
Antennas including Modeling, Design, Arrays, and Control;
Test Equipment including Homebrew, Commercial, and Measurement
Construction of equipment such as Transmitters, Receivers, and
Operating including Contesting, Roving, and DXpeditions
RF power amps including Single and Multi-band Vacuum Tube,
Propagation including Ducting, Sporadic E, Tropospheric, Meteor
Pre-amplifiers (low noise)
Digital Modes WSJT, JT65, etc.
Software-defined Radio (SDR)
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Topics such as FM, repeater, packet radio, etc., are generally considered
outside of the scope of papers, presentations, and posters being sought.
However, there are always exceptions. Please contact the point of
if you have any questions about the suitability of a particular topic.
You do not need to attend the conference nor present your paper to have it
published in the Proceedings. Posters will be displayed during the
For papers to be included in the Proceedings: Monday, 12 June 2017
For Presentations to be given at the Conference: Friday, 30 June 2017
For Posters and Tabletops to be displayed at the Conference:
by: Friday, 30 June 2017. Completed poster should be brought for
the Conference on 27 July.
POINT OF CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS, ABSTRACTS, DELIVERY:
Ed James KA8JMW
Snail mail: 10 Trade Ct., Edgewood, NM 87105
FORMATTING AND DELIVERY:
See Conference website (http://2017.csvhfs.org
) for Proceedings,
Presentation, and Posterboard formatting guidelines
Submissions accepted via email, Dropbox, Google Drive, CD/DVD, USB
stick/thumb drive, etc.
Visit the Conference website at http://2017.csvhfs.org
, which is being
with event details throughout the month of April. Online registration
on or shortly after May 1. Additional conference details will be
opening of registration nears!
In the meantime, please rally all of the VHF/UHF/Microwave hams you know
area and across the country, mark your calendars for July 27-30, and plan to
join us at the 2017 Central States VHF Society Conference in sunny
[ANS thanks Brian, N5ZGT, for the above information]
Satellite Operation Planned for Armed Forces Day - W2GSB
The Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club will operate a special
event station W2GSB/APM at the American Airpower Museum located
at the historic Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY, May 20-21,
2017. This event commemorates Armed Forces weekend to honor
our service men and women of the armed forces who have given
+ SSB - 14.280 and 7.280
+ CW - 14.055 and 7.055
+ Satellite operation on available passes
QSL - Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 1356
West Babylon, NY 11704
Web page: http://www.gsbarc.org/events.htm
[ANS thanks the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club for the above
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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org